One day after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, Golden State Warriors forward/center Draymond Green responded to those who said the team’s dynasty was over.
Golden State won its fourth NBA title since 2015 last season, its first since 2018, over the Boston Celtics.
But LeBron James and the Lakers took care of business in Game 6 on Friday night to knock the reigning champions out of the playoffs.
With the loss, some pundits and fans believe the Warriors’ dynasty has come to an end, but Green laughed off that idea.
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«Many people say that the Warriors dynasty [is] over, which are the same people who said it was all over in 2019 when KD [Kevin Durant] left. Four years later, they still say it’s over, ”he said on his show“ The Draymond Green Show ”.
«Great, they’re always wrong.»
The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Finals, Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, and observers declared the end of the Warriors dynasty.
While they didn’t win a championship again until 2022, the Warriors were still a tough team to face in the regular season and playoffs.
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«It’s not,» Green said of the end of the dynasty. “Those same people are the same people who said I would never make it in the NBA. Those people are the same people who said, ‘They’re a jump shot team and they’re not going to win.’ They are those people.
«But also know and pay attention to who are the people who say that the dynasty is over. It is always [those who] I have never been part of a dynasty. You never really see Shaquille O’Neal, the great Shaq, my favorite player growing up, say, ‘Oh man, he’s over.’
«Do you know why? Because that man understands what it’s like. He understands it. But there are always people who run up and say, ‘Oh man, it’s over.'» You don’t even know how he feels to start.
«Congratulations. Congratulations. This year only.»
The Warriors’ offseason has begun, and Green’s contract is a hot topic lately. He has a player option for the 2023-24 season that would pay him approximately $27.6 million. He said he wants to take some time to talk with his agent, Rich Paul, about what to do next. The deadline to exercise the player option is June 29.
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Golden State recognizes Green’s importance to the team, and The Athletic reported that the Warriors «intend to discuss a new multi-year contract» with him soon. It would add time to his deal if he opts into his senior year or a new deal when he opts out.
Green has been synonymous with the Warriors in recent years. The four-time All-Star has four rings and has played a significant role in each one since 2015. The Michigan State product, a second-round pick of the Warriors in 2012, has been a polarizing figure but provides value for a team of Warriors. Packed with scorers like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins.
Could Green want to move on to, say, the Lakers, who just beat him?
Green has a great relationship with James, who also has Paul as his agent. Rumors have already started swirling about Green going to the Lakers if she opts out due to her Los Angeles connections.
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At least Warriors fans can feel a little better after hearing his comments about the team on his podcast.